COURT UPHOLDS TED WHITE JUDGMENT: Lee's Summit ordered to pay $16 m...

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LEE'S SUMMIT, MO - A former Lee's Summit man who was falsely accused of child molestation has been awarded $16 million after an appeals court upheld the original judgment against the city and the police detective that originally investigated the case.
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Mike

San Francisco, CA

#1 May 17, 2010
Why wasn't Detective Richard McKinley fired?

Why wasn't Tina McKinley prosecuted for filing false criminal charges against Tim?

Why weren't the two prosecutors named in the opinion, Jennifer Mettler and Jill Kanatzar, disbarred? As an interesting aside, Jill Kanatzar's husband, Jim, is now the Jackson County District Attorney. Let's hope he has higher ethical standards than his wife!

An innocent man spent over 5 years in prison as a child molester, and it seems that no one but the taxpayers of Lee's Summit will be held accountable. It's odd that taxpayers - who had nothing to do with this injustice - will be forced to pay up. Meanwhile, the police and prosecutors who framed an innocent man are all gainfully employed - and seem to have suffered no personal or professional consequences.
Bill

Leawood, KS

#2 May 17, 2010
So what criminal charges have there been or will there be for McKinley? This guy was a crooked cop from way back. He used to get his step son and any family friends out of DWIs and all kinds of issues under the table. The arrests just went away. If you think the LSMO PD doesn't have it's corruption, you are mistaken. Good for Mr. White, I wish it would have been 160 mil.
Bill

Leawood, KS

#3 May 17, 2010
Mike wrote:
Why wasn't Detective Richard McKinley fired?
Why wasn't Tina McKinley prosecuted for filing false criminal charges against Tim?
Why weren't the two prosecutors named in the opinion, Jennifer Mettler and Jill Kanatzar, disbarred? As an interesting aside, Jill Kanatzar's husband, Jim, is now the Jackson County District Attorney. Let's hope he has higher ethical standards than his wife!
An innocent man spent over 5 years in prison as a child molester, and it seems that no one but the taxpayers of Lee's Summit will be held accountable. It's odd that taxpayers - who had nothing to do with this injustice - will be forced to pay up. Meanwhile, the police and prosecutors who framed an innocent man are all gainfully employed - and seem to have suffered no personal or professional consequences.
Answer: Corruption in the department. It is a fraternal organization. Tina married in. I met both of these scums more than once and I always had a feeling about them. Ol Tina sure did a snow job on the kids about Mr. White. Now we know the rest of the story and nothing will happen to the frat boys and girls.
Lees Summit

Leawood, KS

#5 May 17, 2010
Miss Tina is a piece of work. Richard is her forth husband. She was having an affair with Richard while married to Ted. After they conspired to send Ted away with the story (IMO), they eventually got married in 2000. She convinced her son she had with Ted to change his name to McKinney which is what he still goes by. The son was brainwashed into believing his father was a criminal and to this day doesn't communicate with him.

She didn't just send Ted to prison for the convenience of her new hotshot Detective husband, she took his son too. They are both class acts and her kids are really screwed up to this day. I wonder if she will go for number 5 now.
JB Strauss

New York, NY

#4 May 17, 2010
Lee's Summit officials reviewing what? Not prepared to comment? Of course not.
Mike

San Francisco, CA

#6 May 17, 2010
bob

Leavenworth, KS

#7 May 17, 2010
I certainly hope White or his attorney has filed bar complaints against Jennifer Mettler and Jill Kanatzar. I have seen attorneys disbarred for much less then this.
Amazing

Leawood, KS

#8 May 17, 2010
Knowing what this lady did to these kids for the purpose of getting her third husbands money explains why they are so screwed up. You wouldn't believe their current situation. She not only lied but convinced them to also. When they wouldn't cooperate she simply claims they are suicidal and can't testify. What an extremely sick person. I hope she and her love burn in hell sooner than later. I hope White takes you both through the grinder until you get there.

Lee's Summit Police Department, you have shown your true color on this one. I now have zero respect for your organization. Get rid of the criminals.
Lees Summit Citizen

Provo, UT

#9 May 17, 2010
How can Tina and Mckinley still live in Lees Summit and expose Ted's son to all of this. They only think of themselves and could care less about the children....... selfish. Why arent Tina and Mckinley prosecuted for their evil actions? Better yet, all the corruption that went on during the investigation, why aren't they prosecuted either? Stop wasting OUR TAX PAYERS MONEY and settle this case once and for all.
Lees summit citzen

Kansas City, MO

#10 May 17, 2010
sure is funny how we just voted for a $16 million dollar bond issue.
Lees Summit

Basehor, KS

#11 May 18, 2010
The Lees Summit Police need to leave these kind of cases alone and track down the REAL offenders in the community. Like the "Serial Feeders" of wild life. Remember that one! Way to go LSPD!
Bill

Leawood, KS

#12 May 18, 2010
This woman is evil to the bone. Not that it's a crime but to start with she has been married 4 times at the age of 50. Her first two kids were adopted by Ted White at a very young age. Their biological father fought it but after being accused of spousal abiuse and then when that didn't work sexual abuse, he gave up. All of which was conveniently when she wanted a divorce.

When the kids were 10 and 11, Ted had made a fortune and she decided she was going to move on yet again, this time with lots of cash. Once again, she came up with sexual abuse claims, successfully took hundreds of thousands in wealth from him and with the help of Richard McKinley.

She sent Ted to prison as a felon. That was critical in securing his money as it was stated in a contract she got the stock if he were ever to be convicted for a felony.

Even though the kids had been adopted and assumed the White name, she changed their last name, at least with the schools, to McKinley, her newest love and accomplice. You heard Ted say he hasn't talked to these adopted kids since 1998. She brainwashed them into some state of abondonment of the one they knew as their father. God only knows how she pulled off the child molestation thing at the time. Neither kid neccessarily corroberated her story. I suppose it was some good detective work.

These two conspired against Ted and sent him to prison for his money. The cop has immunity somehow at this point. Ted has tried to get him convicted. I suspect she is getting off as the innocent mother, not sure.

In the end, these two kids as well as a third are the ones paying. The daughter has an alternative lifestyle now. The son is burning through friends and relationships like his mother, moving on as the bridges burn.

I hope this isn't the end of the story for the two real criminal but I suspect it will be.

If you know them, know the truth about them. Read the link Mike Posted. You will throw up. I met them years ago and knew from first impressions which have now been confirmed in public documents.
Mary

Kansas City, MO

#13 May 18, 2010
Thanks Mike for bringing to light the true result: "...it seems that no one but the taxpayers of Lee's Summit will be held accountable. It's odd that taxpayers - who had nothing to do with this injustice - will be forced to pay up...."

As a Lee's Summit resident it infuriates me to know that my tax dollars have to used to settle such a suit. Don't get me wrong, Tim deserves this settlement because his life has been forever altered by these false allegations. I just wish the settlement was being paid by those truly at fault.
Mary

Kansas City, MO

#14 May 18, 2010
Thanks Mike for bringing to light the true result: "...it seems that no one but the taxpayers of Lee's Summit will be held accountable. It's odd that taxpayers - who had nothing to do with this injustice - will be forced to pay up...."
As a Lee's Summit resident it infuriates me to know that my tax dollars have to be used to settle such a suit. Don't get me wrong, Tim deserves this settlement because his life has been forever altered by these false allegations. I just wish the settlement was being paid by those truly at fault.
JRS

Harrisonville, MO

#15 May 18, 2010
Good for him...
sks

Kansas City, MO

#16 May 18, 2010
Lees summit citzen wrote:
sure is funny how we just voted for a $16 million dollar bond issue.
very interesting. did it pass? I don't live in LS so don't watch the polls there.
Damone

Kansas City, MO

#17 May 18, 2010
It is a good thing that Ted White is free. Detective McKinley and White's ex-wife should go to jail and loss all of their assets for what they did. Mr. White should get something for all the years in prison, he did nothing wrong. This is a lesson about choosing the right person to marry. It is a shame the two of them are now married. Let's not forget about the other innocent people, the children. I do plan on having a family one day, but situations like these make me proceed with caution.
sks

Kansas City, MO

#18 May 18, 2010
everyone involved in this case should be fired, disbarred or whatever it takes so they will now have to live a life flipping burgers at McDonalds. They should also have to pay every dime of the $16M and any future claims, which I hope Mr White gets. And I wouldn't eat at that McDonalds either. This is just totally disgusting. And, all of you involved in law enforcement, you want us and children to respect you? Give me a break. I have no faith in the "system" anymore. I knew it was half crocked but, now I'm convinced it is fully worthless. Congratulations Mr White and don't stop now. I'm sending my letter to get the two females disbarred.
Bob

Leawood, KS

#19 May 18, 2010
There was a diary missing that had positive comments about Mr. White. There was a relationship between McKinley and Tina during the investigation. There was an interview with the "accuser" and the detective before CP? interviewed her. These are the reasons the conviction was overturned and the civil judgement was made. I understand that.

What I don't understand is how a jury convicted this guy on 12 counts over three years to start with. None of the original "evidence" used in the prosecution was allowed for the jury in the appeal or civil case. What the hell did they have on this guy? Did the daughter really accuse him or was it the mother? Did the detective coach her on what to say in the CP interview?

So can someone simply say I was abused or my daughter was abused and they are guilty without any evidence? What did they used to prosecute this guy?
Bill

Leawood, KS

#20 May 18, 2010
I read where the jury that overturned the criminal conviction sited a lack of physical evidence and inconsistent testimony from the daughter. Evidently the original evidence was presented in the criminal appeal. I read somewhere else that the daughter was checked and there were no signs of the type abuse alleged. Keep in mind she was 12 at the time.

So, did the 12 year old daughter make this up? Did the mother and or lover coach her? What was her motive? Did he really do it? They changed their names and haven't talked to him for 12 years. Seems odd he wants to reunite with her.

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